This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Image captured and colorized at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County officials said another resident has died from the disease caused by the coronavirus. It’s the 30th since the start of the pandemic.

Officials Monday afternoon said an individual between the ages of 41 and 60 years old died.

An individual over the age of 81 years old was the 29th fatality from the disease, officials said Friday.

In a press release from the Wapello County Emergency Management, officials said COVID-19 is making a resurgence in the country. Positive cases are on the rise, they said, with the virus now impacting more people between the ages of 20 and 50 years old.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the new coronavirus, which is the center of a global pandemic.

It was not announced whether the patient had any pre-existing conditions prior to their death.

Statewide, there have been 708 deaths attributed to the disease as of Monday afternoon. Forty-seven percent of those deaths were individuals who were more than 80 years old, and 497 had a pre-existing condition.

Daily testing totals have begun a downturn following the closure of the TestIowa site in Ottumwa last week. On Saturday, just 10 residents of the county were tested. That’s half the previous Saturday’s total.

The county added two cases over the weekend. State data indicated another test was returned positive early Monday morning, bringing the county’s total to 698.

Local numbers from the Wapello County Emergency Management haven’t been updated since Friday as of the time of this report.

Davis County reported one new case on Friday, Mahaska County reported one on Friday as well, and Van Buren reported two new cases over the weekend. Otherwise, the Courier’s coverage area remained stagnant over the weekend.

Statewide, Iowa surpassed the 300,000 mark for individual tests on Monday. To date, 28,736 have been positive, for a rate of 9.6 percent. About 10,000 cases are active, according to state data for recoveries and deaths.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Ottumwa Courier and the Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.


Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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